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Linux Mint Debian review

Linux Mint

Linux Mint Debian is the latest addition to Mint’s suite of Linux desktops. Mint has long promoted itself as a distribution based on Ubuntu and Debian, a claim that I have long discounted as misleading. This release, while still experimental, is one, as the name implies, that is truly based on Debian.

The package manager is pointed at Debian’s testing, instead of to Ubuntu’s repository, and the installer is different too. Since almost every other aspect of this release is the same as the main edition’s, this short review is focused almost entirely on the features of the new installation program.

Installation: The boot options. This edition is, of course, a live DVD edition.

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Boot options

One of the better features of the latest Ubuntu installer is the automatic time zone detection. On Linux Mint Debian’s installer, time zone selection is manual. That could change before the first stable release, and I hope it does.

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Time zone selection

This is what the disk partitioning stage of the installation process looks like. To partition a disk, you will have to do it manually by clicking on the Edit partitions button.

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Disk partitioning

Disk partitioning is with the help of GParted.

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GParted

Creating disk partitions with GParted is pretty easy, but you will need a basic understanding of disks and disk partitions under Linux.

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Editing with GParted

The list of file systems supported by GParted on Linux Mint Debian. Not very impressive. It does not even compare to the list of file systems shown on the GParted website. Notice that btrfs, one of the newest file systems in the Linux kernel, is not on the list. Support for xfs, jfs, reiserfs and reiserfs4 is completely lacking.

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Supported file system types

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